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Delaware in D.C.: Mentored Field Practicum


Imagine spending two days a week at BBC News, or at Rock the Vote, or even at the U.S. Senate. Think of its impact on your understanding of world issues, how it might change your outlook on your major, or what it could mean to your future. When you join the Delaware in D.C. program, this can happen.

Helping you along your way is an AU professor, serving as your mentor—and guiding you on academic matters and in your internship. Throughout the semester, you read professional articles, write papers, and keep a journal. And, you meet one-on-one regularly with your professor to discuss your experience. The end result: You gain the skills, experience, and contacts necessary to maximize your education and your knowledge of DC as a learning laboratory as well as a world-class city.

Regardless of your intended major, you should find an internship that fits, because we have the largest collection of offerings for internships in the DC area. Delaware in D.C. students are given the tools to place themselves in an internship. Searching for an internship is a key skill developed through the practicum course. Over the summer, students are given access to resume resources and work with program staff to fine-tune their resumes during the month of July. Students are then given access to the SPExS Internship Database, which has one of the largest collections of internship offerings in the DC area. On the first day of class, students attend the school’s Internship Fair, where they can meet with over 100 internship sites. Students also work with the Delaware in D.C. office and their MFP professor to fine-tune their search and secure an internship.

Here is just a small selection of the sample Mentored Field Practicum organizations:

  • DC Preparatory Academy
  • Democratic National Committee
  • EmeraldPlanet & The EmeraldPlanet TV
  • Hispanic Link News Service
  • LIFT Communities
  • Men's Health Network
  • National Criminal Justice Association
  • Pulmonary Hypertension Association
  • Republican National Committee
  • TTR Sotheby's International Realty
  • U.S. Small Business Administration
  • WAMU 88.5 FM
  • Washington Animal Rescue League